Whatever would we do without The Iconoclast?
Today's bonbon: A report on the sad case of Vernon Holland, 69, of Summers, sentenced by Judge William Storey to six months in the county jail and fined $1,000 for indecent exposure. He apparently was known for walking onto his shrub-surrounded porch in the nude (and sometimes in ladies' lingerie). A Prairie Grove woman was most upset and took issue with the defense's argument -- through deputy sheriff testimony -- that it was difficult to see Holland on his porch without trying real hard.
That's just Life in Arkansas stuff, to be sure, entertaining though it is. But The Iconoclast closed the circle on another sharp commentary with the observation that Holland's six months in jail compared with the 54 days served by a state trooper for gunning down an unarmed young man with a mental disability. Not unusual. NWA is also the place where jailing an innocent Latino woman without food, water or attention for four days is punishable by a few weeks off the payroll. Had she died, the punishment would have been the same, presumably, since -- as one defender has remonstrated me -- this was just a regrettable procedural lapse now corrected.